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Numerical Python : A Practical Techniques Approach for Industry by Robert Johansson

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CHAPTER 10

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Sparse Matrices and Graphs

We have already seen numerous examples of arrays and matrices being the essential entities in many aspects of numerical computing. So far we have represented arrays with the NumPy ndarray data structure, which is a heterogeneous representation that stores all the elements of the array that it represents. In many cases, this is the most efficient way to represent an object such as a vector, matrix, or a higher-dimensional array. However, notable exceptions are matrices where most of the elements are zeros. Such matrices are known as sparse matrices, and they occur in many applications, for example, in connection ...

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